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Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society

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The Noetic Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group with members in Southern California and around the world, who have been inspired to study Homer, Parmenides, the pre-Socratics, Plato, the neo-Platonists, and other perennial philosophers and mystics, not for academic reasons, but for personal spiritual growth. The society was founded by Pierre Grimes, PhD in 1967, and was incorporated in 1978.

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Searching Our Collection

We have a common set of tags we use for filtering down the talks and items:

  • subject:NSBSNT - Talks at the Theosophical Society's Besant Lodge in Los Angeles
  • subject:NSCHT - Unstructured/impromptu chats or snippets of philosophical conversation
  • subject:NSDRM - Dream Explorations and Philosophical Midwifery
  • subject:NSFRI - Normal dialogues/discussions/study-sessions on Platonic and other perennial-philosophy texts. Over the years, these have usually been held on Friday nights, but not always.
  • subject:NSPRM - Parmenides morning study group
  • subject:NSPRS - Talks at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles
  • subject:NSSAT - Informal chats, usually on Saturday mornings
  • subject:NSSEM - Seminars
  • subject:NSSPE - Special or One-Time Events
  • subject:NSMISC - Everything else
  • subject:nsbduncan - videotape recordings from BillD in the 80's. All of these are also NSFRI's.
  • subject:nsaops - videos recorded by Marty and Yoni 2008-2013 and originally posted to the Academy of Platonic Studies website. All of these are also NSFRI's.

By using 'subject:' within our collection's search box, you can also find all items related to a particular dialogue, such as subject:republic, subject:phaedo, subject:parmenides, subject:iliad, etc. Narrowing searches further is possible by specifying more than one search term with commas, e.g., subject:republic,book01 or subject:parmenides,hyp2 and so on.

You can also use the Advanced Search of the Internet Archive to search within our collection. (In the "Collection .. is .." field, put noeticsociety).

Guidelines for Copying/Re-posting to YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, or elsewhere:

Pierre and we in the Noetic Society wanted to get the beauty and wisdom of Platonism (and all perennial philosophy) out to the world for free. For that reason, you are allowed to copy it (and great! thank you!). People should be able to view and raise themselves up.

However, the material is not in the "public domain".  It is published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license.

  • BY (Attribution): You must retain attribution (give credit) to Pierre Grimes (or any of the contributors here) and the NS
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  1. Do not Monetize:
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    Do not title your channel, "Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society", "Pierre Grimes" or "Noetic Society" or anything like that, because then it appears that the channel belongs to us. It doesn't: It's your channel, not ours. So we'd prefer if you named your channel something like, "Fans of Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society" or "NS Fans" or even "Modern Platonism", etc., or some such, to make it clear that you are someone else. If you do not do this, you might be guilty of false personation and/or of violating the "BY" part of the CC license.

Further, we request (and if you would be so kind)...

  1. Link each video back to its original location:
    Also in the Description section of each item you repost, we request that you include a link back to the original item.

    For instance, if you are re-posting Pierre's PRS Video, "Direct Understanding and the Attainment of Buddhahood", (PRS video 88), please, in your post's Description section, also publish the link back to the original here on the archive, i.e.,

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Synopsis Per Barbara's suggestion, Pierre lays out a powerful meditation one can do, based on an analogy in Plato's Republic and element 148 of Proclus' Elements of Theology . Later he shows the similarity of this analogical meditation to a meditation he has before (many times) suggested, what we have sometimes called the “Xenophanes meditation”, (“What is seeing, hearing, and thinking?”, which is an adaptation of the qctual quote from a fragment from Xenophanes, “It is the whole that...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, elements-of-theology, republic, fragments, proclus, xenophanes
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Synopsis Pierre leads the Noetic Society Parmenides study group through another morning of study. Lately we've been taking a break from the Parmenides, going through Proclus' Theology of Plato (*) instead, in order to see how Proclus lays out the 14 orders of gods implied in the Parmenides. Today we focus on the first paragraph of chapter 7 of book 2 of Proclus' Theology of Plato (*) . [I did not attend this meeting, and today's diagram is not from Pierre.  It is only from myself as I listened...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRM, pg1, theology-of-plato, proclus, book02, chap07, republic, chap06
Dialogue(s): republic;parmenides A very good question, and in preparation for tomorrow's weekend workshop. More info: http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, republic, parmenides
Dialogue(s): republic Chapters: book01;book04 Sections: 327b,354a,443b-444a This is the second Friday night in Pierre's latest Friday-night series on Plato's The Republic . Pierre's opening questions: How does Book 1 of Plato's Republic relate to the whole? How does Book 4 of Plato's Republic relate to the whole? Is there something in Book 1 that he needs in order to explore books 2, 3, and 4? Why does the ending of Book 4 pre-suppose the need for books 6 and 7? It is easy to see that once you...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, republic, book01, book04
Synopsis This is Pierre Grimes' fourth in a series of articles on the subject of philosophy, philosophical counseling, philosophical midwifery, and The Self, published in Philosophical Practice , the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (of which Pierre was the founder) with permissions of the author and the editor. It is reproduced here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license . Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense,...
Topics: plato, philosophy, parmenides, republic, self, logos, pathologos, pg1, appa-journal,...
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Dialogue(s): republic Chapters: book01 Sections: 327a-331d This is the first in Pierre's latest (2018) series of Friday-night talks on Plato's The Republic . Having not read through The Republic as a group in some 12 years, we return to it -- this time informed by our reading of The Parmenides and looking for occurrences of αὐτὸς (i.e., 'autos':Self), which Juan has re-translated, and considering the difference such translation makes on our understanding of this great work, and how we...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, republic, book01
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Jan 12, 2018 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): parmenides;republic Chapters: hyp2,book06 Sections: 148a-d,510a,508d Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, Regina, Nancy, JulieH, JulieP, Eldar, Jed, JeffS Resolving Doxa Continuing (from Wednesday ) with doxa (δόξα) at P237/155d: trying to find it in the 2nd hypothesis Compare with doxa in Plato's "The Republic" at 510a(*) Doxa/opinion is to knowledge     AS Likeness is to that which it is like The role of doxa in midwifery as well, based on the Republic 148a (P116) What...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRM, pg1, parmenides, republic, hyp2, book06
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Dec 22, 2017 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): republic Chapters: book07 Sections: 516d Just a bit of a 'winter solstice' celebration. Folks brought food, and someone a bottle of Sandeman, which got Pierre to reminisce about how he spent his winter vacation at St Johns in 1948, reading Plato and Homer with fellow students.  He reads from Book 7 of Plato's Republic ( 516d ), which hit him way back when as proof positive that The Republic could not just be about Plato designing an ideal political state. Pierre challenges a...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, republic
Dialogue(s): republic;parmenides A great weekend seminar led by Pierre Grimes, PhD with the Noetic Society. Materials posted here so far: ​All 4 formal session videos​ An informal, extra​ video​ session, chatting with Pierre at dinner Saturday night PDF​ documents​: The seminar announcement ​Barbara's​ pre-seminar word-search​ studies​ The three hand-outs ​Pierre gave us ​Transcripts of JeffL's and Jed's dreams [from Sunday session #4] JPEG​ photos: All the left and...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSSEM, pg1, republic, parmenides, NSDRM, dreams
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Oct 26, 2017 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): parmenides Chapters: hyp9;hyp1 Sections: 165e-166c;142a Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, David, Regina, Eldar Highlights: [Another “pocket” recording day. Sorry for the shuffling. (We eventually went back to table-top recorder placement.) Thanks for your patience. -JS] Starting with P4 in the 9th. (165e) The force of the word, “in”: present in . 166a P6 Appearance: Communion: Is that a one-ness? A kind of participation? Barbara: Are they saying that In order for something to...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRM, pg1, parmenides, hyp9, hyp1, republic
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Synopsis This is Pierre Grimes' third in a series of articles on the subject of philosophy, philosophical counseling, philosophical midwifery, and The Self, published in Philosophical Practice , the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (of which Pierre was the founder) with permissions of the author and the editor. It is reproduced here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license . Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense,...
Topics: plato, philosophy, parmenides, republic, self, logos, pathologos, pg1, appa-journal,...
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Feb 25, 2017 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): republic Chapters: book6 book7 book8 Exploring 3 dreams using The Divided Line (book6), The Allegory of the Cave and the Upper World (book7) , and the four types of families (book8) of Plato's Republic More info: http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSSAT, pg1, republic, book6, book7, book8
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Nov 26, 2016 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): Parmenides, Republic More info: http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSSEM, pg1, parmenides, republic
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Nov 1, 2016 Pierre Grimes
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Synopsis This is Pierre Grimes' second in a series of articles on the subject of philosophy, philosophical counseling, philosophical midwifery, and The Self, published in Philosophical Practice , the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (of which Pierre was the founder) with permissions of the author and the editor. It is reproduced here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license . Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense,...
Topics: plato, philosophy, parmenides, republic, self, logos, pathologos, pg1, appa-journal,...
Synopsis This is Pierre Grimes' first in a series of articles on the subject of philosophy, philosophical counseling, philosophical midwifery, and The Self, published in Philosophical Practice , the journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (of which Pierre was the founder) with permissions of the author and the editor. It is reproduced here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license . Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense,...
Topics: plato, philosophy, parmenides, republic, self, logos, pathologos, pg1, appa-journal,...
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May 13, 2016 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Topics: philosophy, plato, republic, arithmetic, NSFRI, pg1
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Dialogue(s): parmenides;republic Chapters: plg book7 Sections: 130b 130c 130d 130e 131a 524d 524e 525a Attendees: Pierre, Barbara, David, Regina, Kevin, Brad, JulieP Can you separate Likeness from Likeness itself? Is there an idea of Likeness? Could you use 'itself' in respect to that word? I.e., does it have a self? What happens when you go from 'like' to 'likeness'? (giving it a substance) Is there such a thing as 'good'? 'Goodness'? What does the -ness add? PG reads from Republic (transl:...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRM, pg1, parmenides, republic, plg, book7
Dialogue(s): problems-and-solutions-concerning-first-principles;republic Chapters: book06 [Thanks to Marty and Yoni for videotaping and editing/production, and to StefanR for title and cataloguing info.] More Info Pierre Grimes and Philosophical Midwifery The Noetic Society The Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society collection here on archive.org.
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, nsaops, problems-and-solutions-concerning-first-principles,...
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Aug 20, 2010 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): republic;philosophical-midwifery Chapters: book10 Sections: 618b-618e Synopsis: Pierre asks us each to list those activities in the NS we consider the most significant to us personally. This leads into our discussing the similarities between the lots-and-models process of choosing the next life (described at the end of Plato's Republic, in the "Myth of Er") and the pathologos/transmission-scene process of this life (which Pierre discovered and which he describes in his...
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, nsaops, republic, philosophical-midwifery, book10
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Jan 20, 2007 Juan and Maria Balboa
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Juan and Maria Balboa translation of Plato's Republic.  Interlinear modern English with ancient (Attic) Greek words rearranged in each sentence in order to correspond to their English word counterparts immediately above. First published in 2007, this translation has undergone multiple revisions. This latest revision was completed in February 2018. Download-able from the PDF link in the "Download Options" menu on this page. Thank you, Juan and Maria! More information on the Balboa...
Topics: philosophy, plato, republic, book01, book02, book03, book04, book05, book06, book07, book08
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Jul 21, 2006 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Dialogue(s): republic Chapters: book01 Sections: 327a-331d Text/translation used: W.H.D. Rouse, transl., "Great Dialogues of Plato". Topics Covered, Audio Highlights, and Notes Starting Book 01 of Plato's "The Republic". Pierre leads the NS through a series of questions designed to help us understand what is really going on as Book 1 opens and Socrates is 'kidnapped' (an act of injustice) to go down to the Piraeus, to Cephalus' house. They convince Socrates to stay and ......
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSFRI, pg1, republic, book01, republic-nights
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Dec 16, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Nov 4, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, jung
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Jul 15, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Jun 16, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Part 2: Journey of the Mind. Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Jun 9, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Part I: Yoga for the Soul. Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Feb 24, 1997 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, myth
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Jan 30, 1996 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, myth
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Dec 5, 1995 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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The Platonic Understanding of Art as the Knowledge and an Ideal that Alone Benefits Man. Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, ion, symposium
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Oct 17, 1995 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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The ten letters as the Device that saved Neo-Platonic Metaphysics for and in Christian Metaphysics. Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, yoga
Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
Oct 3, 1995 Pierre Grimes and the Noetic Society
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Thanks to Bob Keller for filming, Julie Grabel Postel for producing and funding, and Sean Angier and Lisa Bivens for editing and digitizing from VHS to DVD. http://noeticsociety.org
Topics: philosophy, plato, NSPRS, pg1, republic, yoga